Jul 17, 2011 6:00pm EDT
comedians like jon stewart had a lot of fun with that on "the daily show." >> i think this man's views are terrible. and he dances and sounds not only gay but center square gay. >> i mean, lz, is stuff like that fair? >> i don't know if it's fair to insinuate that michele bachmann's husband is gay. but i have to chuckle because there are moments that i don't know if i'm listening to him or to cameron from "modern family." there's definitely some humor to be had lehere. these clinics are sending a very bad message, not just to people who are gobt, but people who are allies in the fight for ending homo phobia. >> let's talk about the bigger picture here. will, i'm wondering if bachmann and sarah palin get all the attention nowadays, but the man with the moneyresume, and we're talking about mitt romney, is really off the radar. is he just standing by because it's early on and letting the crazy play out? >> yeah. i think so, don. i think it's a smart strategy. also i'd add john huntsman to that group as well. they are sitting back kind of above the fray, and letting the silliness fly. let'
Jul 29, 2011 3:00am EDT
for next year? >> yes. and i think it was jon stewart who said upon seeing a picture of john boehner recently that he looked like the world's saddest tangerine. but, yeah. i mean, this exposes john boehner's weakness. political weakness. this is what he wanted for years, to be the speaker. he got the speakership because of the tidal wave of tea party people coming in. but be careful what you wish for. now he can't govern that majority. and he's downstairs here, and we are all standing around waiting to see what happens pleading with people to try to get the votes he needs. and he is short. according to the people i have talked to, he's short. it's humiliating. and i think he will be challenged sometime soon, no matter what happens on this vote. >>> thank you both so much for joining me tonight. >>> coming up -- the republicans say they want deficit reduction. what they really mean is government reduction. ezra klein joins me. >>> and an epic battle between tea partiers and hobbits is raging. inside the mind of one u.s. senator, john mccain. "the rewrite" is next. >>> coming up -- hey
Jul 19, 2011 5:00pm PDT
't just -- as jon stewart says we can't just leave it there and pretend there is an equal kind of split. what you see is democrats more than the median voters want compromise, and the democrats led by some people who aren't looking out for the long-term interests of the united states and our credit are driving us up to the brink, there are areas we can cut spending, but not like this. you just had a prior segment about the proposals looking at tonight, the cbo, the congressional budget office, won't even have time to score these before we vote on them. that's not how you reach a reasonable compromise, when you can't get factual numbers. >> i want to know if we're having the wrong conversation here. you tweeted me the link to your article. and i found this line very interesting. pew estimates 85% of economic coverage, talking about in the media, is about the debt battle, not the unemployment and recession that form the real threat to most americans concerned about the economy. should the real talk be about jobs, jobs, jobs and not debt and deficit? >> yes. we're in a real jobs crisis. an
Jul 18, 2011 11:00pm PDT
politicians. if he were here today he could be with jon stewart, he could be anybody, he uld be with stephen colbert and meet them eye to eye. that he was funny. how often have w seen a polician like that? not in a long time. >> rose: how do you think president obama's doing on those standards? >> well, i think the one thing he did care about, lincoln, originally, the emotional intelligence set of issues, i think he does have those. when you watch him around a table he makes sure everybody speaks, h listens to people with opposing advice. i think the thing you ve to learn when you get into the presidency is that a certain point you can't listen anymore. lincoln finally said "consensus can be paralyzing, you have to decide when to act." >> rose: wow. >> so that everyone around a table, for example, he debated emancipation for two months, three months, and everybody had different points of view. don't do it, do it, do it yesterday. he finally decided i'm making my mind up and issuing the emancipation proclamation. he goes to the cabinet and says "i don't want your ideas. i've made up my mind.
Jul 6, 2011 12:00pm EDT
on a diet. i'm going to add calories to my excluded food intake." unquote. that was jon stewart. he hit the nail on the head. for sure it's easy to make fun but what the president is trying to do with tax expenditures is no laughing matter. liberals talk about tax expenditures as though they were just getting rid of wasteful spending. first, as a legal matter, tax expenditures are not spending. outlays are checks cut from the treasury department are defined as spending under the congressional budget act. that's what spending is. yet, most tax expenditures only lose revenue and do not include an outlay portion. tax expenditures that only lose revenue contain no spending as defined by the congressional budget act and is scored by the official scorekeepers for congress. the joint committee on taxation and the congressional budget office. and second, as a policy matter twhe comes to tax -- when it comes to tax expenditures, one person's loophole is another person's opportunity to save for college and retirement, finance a home and ties to your -- taoeugts -- tithes to your church. reducing